“It’s the time to buy”, some people have been saying, as hi-tech stocks have neared what appears to be the very bottom of the barrel.
“It’s time to fly”, others have been saying, fearing that they will lose their jobs in the midst of a seemingly endless wave of layoffs. In the face of these layoffs, it’s the ones that got laid off first who are considered to be the fortunate ones, in the minds of those who are now being laid off. For as markets continue to dwindle, the fear is that there will be no jobs left for those who are currently being laid off.
“It’s time to cry”, yet others are saying. They’ve lost a whole ton of ‘stock value’: two years ago they were worth a quarter million; today, they are worth a tenth of that.
Yet what did the apostle Paul — that man approved by God — say, in the midst of fluctuating economic times?
“… for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:11b-13)
Dear Christian brother or sister, are you content with what you have? Is your eye set on things where it should not be? Are you envious because some have more than you? Are you worried about “where the money will come from”? Are you anxious about your future?
Peter says, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)
God knows all about your needs. He is not surprised at all concerning the ordeal that is currently surrounding you. He knows all about it.
Think about this: God is not worried about how he is going to meet your needs today. He is not worried about how he is going to meet them tomorrow. He is not even worried about how he will meet your needs for the rest of your life on earth. He has all that taken care of. Really. Just trust him.
Will you do that?
Now, please, pray with me a prayer of trust and thanksgiving to our great and awesome God, who is able to do exceeding abundantly more than we could ask or think, according to the power that works within us, his beloved children, those who have called upon his name from a pure and sincere heart:
“Dear heavenly father, today I come to you to give you thanks for all that you are, all that you represent, all that you have done in my life, and all that you will continue to do in my life here on this earth. Thank-you for your great work in my life. Lord, continue to accomplish that which pleases you. Help me not to look at earthly things, but at heavenly things. Help me to be heavenly focused, rather than earthly focused. Thank-you that you care for me, and will meet all my needs. Help me to hear your voice, and to follow you! For it is in Christ Jesus’s name that I pray! Amen.”